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Cellcard Cambodia: Innovations in Rural Coverage

Rolling out mobile coverage in rural areas is expensive, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Most of the key costs operators face in expanding their network – building and maintaining a cell site, powering it and connecting it to the wider network – are ...

Do Mobile Connections Improve Women’s Lives?

As International Women’s Day approaches this Friday, a new research study by GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, and Gallup, reveals that bridging the mobile and internet gender gap may help boost women’s wellbeing across the developing world. ...

Mobile Connectivity Index 2018: Analysing the state of mobile internet connectivity across the world

At the end of 2017, 3.3 billion individuals were connected to mobile internet, with 300 million new subscribers added in a year. Nonetheless, more than 4 billion people are yet to be connected. [1] The GSMA Connected Society programme works with our members and other ...

The GSMA Connected Society Programme to launch a new innovation fund on rural connectivity!

Sub-Saharan Africa today still has the lowest proportion of mobile internet subscribers globally – 36% of the population are still not covered by mobile broadband, and 43% are covered but not using digital services. This means that only 22% of the population are active ...

Triggering mobile internet use in Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania

The importance of tackling the mobile internet ‘usage gap’ At the end of 1997, there were just 70 million internet users globally. Within two decades, thanks in no small part to the rapid growth in mobile networks, this had grown to 3.6 billion. [1] While this means internet ...

Mapping the unconnected: GSMA’s new tool to help drive investment in expanding mobile infrastructure

At the end of 2017, the number of mobile subscribers reached the symbolic mark of 5 billion. Mobile is now the most common – and often the only way – that many people around the world access the internet, with 3.3 billion now subscribing to mobile internet services. However, ...

Wikimedia Foundation partners with the GSMA to expand digital literacy in emerging countries

This post was guest-authored by Jack Rabah, Wikimedia Foundation. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the GSMA. About half of the world does not use the internet. That’s 3.9 billion people who are unable to share in the sum of all knowledge. While ...

Millicom and the GSMA: Driving digital inclusion in Rwanda through the Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit

This post was guest-authored by Mohamed Dabbour, EVP Millicom Africa. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the GSMA. Digital inclusion is good for everybody. It can transform customers’ lives and give them access to the kind of services, information, ...

Can mobile operators help their customers understand the internet? Lessons from a pilot with Tigo Rwanda

Across the world, the internet is increasingly central to people’s lives, one of the key ways in which people communicate, transact or find things out. Mobile now plays a central role in the economy: in 2016 it contributed US$3.22 billion to global GDP, representing 4.5% of ...

Mobisol: ‘Electrification is more than lights’ – An innovative approach ensuring smartphone affordability for rural African communities

This post was guest-authored by Henrik Axelsson Lilja, CEO, East Africa at Mobisol Group. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the GSMA. In the past years, Rwanda has been repeatedly praised for its efforts to raise the land-locked nation to a competitive ...

DFID Pakistan hosts Mobile and Digital for Development Ecosystems

This blog was written by Julia Burchell and Mariana Lopez On Thursday 9 November, the GSMA Mobile for Development (M4D) team working in Pakistan joined other partners at the Country Office of their strategic partner Department for International Development (DFID) to share an ...

Reducing the digital divide in East Africa – spotlight on digital literacy and innovation

This post was guest-authored by Emily Heaphy, Connected Society Intern & Geography student at Sheffield University. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the GSMA. Digital literacy is increasingly on the agenda for governments, international ...

Understanding the commercial challenges for mobile operators when expanding internet coverage to rural communities

This post was guest-authored by Uthmaan Madati (Tigo, Territory Manager) and Dennis Sakia (Tigo, Commercial). The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the GSMA.  The GSMA championed rural connectivity project (headed by the GSMA’s Connected Society team) is a ...

The challenge and opportunity of accelerating smartphone ownership in emerging markets

This blog was written by Madeleine Karlsson on behalf of the GSMA Connected Women and Connected Society programmes to announce the launch of the joint report Accelerating affordable smartphone ownership in emerging markets, which is the result of a research study conducted ...

Connecting the Unconnected – Accelerating Inclusion: m360 Africa 2017

This year’s GSMA Mobile 360 Africa conference in Dar Es Salaam was themed Inclusion, Progress and Development through Mobile. Gratifyingly, the main messages of the Connected Society programme ran through the entire event. In his opening address, Mats Granryd, Director ...

A positive outlook – Niger’s digital inclusion and economy set to rise as a result of mobile tax reductions

Niger is among the world’s least developed countries and making mobile services more affordable, through reducing distortionary taxation, can go a long way towards supporting the country’s digital development. The government of Niger passed an amendment to the current ...

Pakistan’s new tax reforms – a path to affordable mobile ownership and use

Mobile subscribers in Pakistan are subject to taxes and fees that apply to devices and SIM card usage charges. These taxes are especially likely to increase the prices ultimately paid by consumers, affecting the poorest consumers in particular. Many of these taxes are ...

Disruptive innovation to connect the unconnected

The digital inclusion space in developing world markets is full of creativity and ambition. The GSMA recently launched a Digital Inclusion Innovation Portal, which is a unique platform to discover and track technological and strategic innovation within mobile internet ...

Beyond access: the need for deeper thinking about driving usage and adoption of the mobile internet

At the end of 2016, 3.5 billion people, or just under half of the world’s population, were using the internet. While the number of internet users has trebled in a decade, it still means that billions of people across the world are not benefiting from access to a wealth of ...

The challenges mobile operators face when providing broadband connectivity to rural communities

This post was guest-authored by Semvua Kissenge, Network Planning Manager at Tigo Tanzania. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the GSMA.  Providing mobile broadband connectivity to rural communities is one of the major challenges that operators are ...